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Tuberculosis (TB) Testing

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TUBERCULOSIS (TB) TESTING


Services are provided by appointment.  Walk-ins will be accommodated as the schedule permits.  To schedule an appointment please call 330-723-9688 or 1-888-723-9688 and select option 1.
 
 
Tuberculosis (TB) screening and follow-up is a program of communicable disease control because of the infectious nature of the disease.  Education is an important component in the investigation and follow-up after a diagnosis of TB has been made. A routine TB skin test requires two visits, the first visit to place the test and the second visit, 48 - 72 hours later, to read the test.

For some professionals, a two-step TB testing process is required for employment. This will require four visits and the placement of two TB skin tests and two readings.  These tests must be completed within a 21-day period and separated by at least seven days.

TB tests are available by appointment Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

We do NOT give TB tests on Thursdays, or on the Friday before a Monday legal holiday. You must be available to have your TB test read within 48–72 hours after it has been placed or it will have to be repeated, at an additional cost.

The fee for each test is $20.00 and can be paid by cash, in-county check, Visa or MasterCard.  We also accept most health insurances. Call for more information.
 

Stop TB in My Life Time

By Marsha Kornowski, RN
Each year, we recognize World TB Day on March 24. This annual event commemorates the date in 1882 when Dr. Robert
Koch announced his discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacillus that causes tuberculosis (TB). TB is still active
in Ohio. Ohio had 145 cases of active TB disease from January through December 2011. Medina County had zero TB
cases during 2011. Medina County did have one TB disease case in 2010 and two in 2009.

What is TB?
Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by germs that are spread from person-to-person through the air. TB usually affects
the lungs, but it can also affect other parts of the body, such as the brain, the kidneys, or the spine. A person with TB
disease can die if they do not get treatment.

How is TB Spread?
TB germs are put into the air when a person with TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, speaks, or sings.
These germs can stay in the air for several hours, depending on the environment. Persons who breathe in the air
containing these TB germs can become infected. Persons with TB infection (latent TB) have the germs in their body that
cause TB, but they are not sick. The germs are not active and they do not spread to others. Persons with TB disease are
sick due to the germs becoming active in their body. One or several of the symptoms of TB disease usually occurs in
persons who develop TB disease.
What Are the Symptoms of TB?
  • Feelings of sickness or weakness
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Night sweats
  • Coughing
  • Chest pain
  • Coughing up blood
Symptoms of TB disease in other parts of the body depend on the area affected.

World TB Day provides an opportunity to raise awareness about TB-related problems and solutions, and to support worldwide TB-control efforts.

The Medina County Health Department is committed to a world free of TB. TB screenings are available at the Medina County Health Department by contacting the Public Health Nursing Division. The Medina County Health Department offers a variety of health services including adult and childhood vaccination, travel vaccinations and Dental services. For more information, contact the Medina County Health Department at 330-723-9688.

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